Plus de Vacances Pour le Bon Dieu (1949)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - France  |  
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This breezy, unpretentious little film is set in the Montmartre district of Paris. The story concentrates on a group of street urchins with too much time on their hands. For a lark, they abduct a neighbor's dog, then return the animal -- whereupon the owner pays a hefty (and unsolicited) reward. Inspired, the kids launch a lucrative business, stealing dogs for profit. It's all very harmless and innocent, with the kids eventually tiring of their life of crime and moving on to other things. When the film was first released in France, the minister of information, worried that it might inspire imitation, restricted Plus des Vacance pour le Bon Dieu to "adults only" audiences!

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animal, business, con/scam, kidnapping, reward, street-kid